Friday, April 24, 2015

Out to Sea baby ensemble


Today's post is part of my marathon crafting I have been up to lately. I have spent more time in my craft space than I have in a long time!  I have had a lot of fun and I'm still not done, but I wanted to share these things with you. If you want to see a little bit of some of the other things I have been working on you can see them here. There a few sewn projects you might enjoy looking at.

 I didn't really plan to have two nautical/sailor baby boy ensembles to share, that's just how things turned out. I had another boy shower to go to and I had so much fun working on the projects on my last post, that I thought I would just pick up from there. The theme of the shower is "under the sea/nautical" and I am helping with the decorations, so I thought I would have the gift match as well.

I saw an awesome quilt block that I decided would make a fantastic nautical bib. I didn't have dimensions or anything so I just got to work cutting, sewing, trimming and piecing and finally ended up with this bib. It turned out super cute, I think! There were a few places where my points didn't line up, but I'm finding that perfection is hard to come by these days!  Ha Ha!
 I laid it out flat for this picture so you can see the design better. I think I may try an entire quilt with these blocks sometime. It was fun to put together.
 I went searching for nautical flannel but came up empty handed so I decided just to grab a few different colors and patterns and get to work. It looks so fresh and summery! I think it will be perfect for lazy days outside or trips to the park.
 The squares on this quilt were 5 by 5 and I did 9 rows of 9 across. It is a little bit bigger than what I normally make, but I am sure it will work out great to lay down baby to play, etc.
 More bow ties...what little gentlemen doesn't need a nice set of bow ties? I love these three different fabrics and they look so cute together.
 There is something so precious about a baby in a bow tie, right? So dapper and sweet!  I made these with elastic neck bands so they can grow with baby!
 The shoes...one of my favorites. The first time I made these felt booties was in my last post and I decided to add the extra step of adding the strap. So glad I did...aren't they adorable? I really love it with the anchor button securing the strap in place.
 These booties were made using PTI felt and I have found that is the best to work with for these shoes. It is thicker than any other felt I have used and it seems to stitch up the best. I keep having problems with the holes tearing...don't know if that is a ME problem or a design problem. I think I will contact PTI and see if anyone else has had the same problem or to find out if I am doing something wrong.

 You can see them all packaged up here ready to go!  So boutique-y! Love it!   I also had a last minute decision to quickly make a binkie clip so I just whipped one up. It is quite long, I just folded it up for packaging. I like them to be a little long so that the baby doesn't feel too tethered! LOL!
The last project here is something that I put together to decorate the shower with, but will double as a gift. It is something I saw on Pinterest that I thought would be super easy to re-create. I just bought a canvas, paint and a star fish at Hobby Lobby and then added the vinyl lettering from a sister of a friend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ahoy, Little Sailor!

 I have so much fun creating handmade items for baby showers. It seems like I go to ALOT! It seems like it has been girl after girl lately, but I finally needed a boy gift. One of Emma's dance teachers had a sweet baby boy. I purchased two little outfits that would look adorable with a bow tie and some booties to make it *squeal* worthy!  There is just something about making baby boys look like little gentlemen that is so precious.
 I have experimented with different bow tie techniques over the years and finally came up with something that works the best for me. If you are interested in a bow tie tutorial, let me know and I can put one together.  I chose some fun nauticalish fabric that looks great with the two outfits. I packaged it up so it would have a nice a boutique feel.
 You all know how much I love making baby girl shoes but for boys, I really haven't done any. I bought some patterns at Hobby Lobby a few years ago, but haven't even cracked it open. I decided that I would take the easy route and purchase the PTI baby bootie die cuts. Easy, Peasy and I love how they look! This was my first pair so I kept things SIMPLE so that I could get the hang of it. The only embellishment is the anchor buttons that I picked up at Hobby Lobby 2 years ago.  I'm sure they still have them.
I am excited to keep making more of these sweet booties, boy OR girl! I did another post here where I talked a little bit more about the paper projects if you are interested! Have a wonderful spring day!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bundles of Babies

 I have been working hard this past week getting all kinds of baby goodies ready for a shower I am headed to on Saturday. I had another baby shower last Saturday! Whew! Like I said, Bundles of Babies! I have already given this particular friend some of my handmade baby items that you can see here a few years ago, so I didn't go overboard this time around.  Every baby is special and deserves some fun stuff. I did buy her a few fun new outfits, too. I just love baby girl clothes!




  You can see a little snippet of the handmade card I made to go with her gift.  Last time I didn't have time for the card so it was a super quick last minute throw-together, so I decided to spend a little more time on it this time around.  I will link the details about that when I get that post ready on my other blog. Okay...you can check it out here. Also, over that last few years I have had quite a few emails and questions about the shoes I make. The pattern is from a local quilt shop and the pattern is called "Beaded Baby Shoes". The quilt shop is called "Pipers Quilts and Comforts" and you can visit them at www.pipersquilts.com or call them at 801-484-5890. I hope that information helps. I also do custom orders as well and take payment through pay pal if you would like to order a pair from me.  You can see all of the different ones I have made by visiting the link on the sidebar called "shoes".






I made her quite a few headbands because I was on a roll. They are so fun to make and so easy, especially when you have everything out.







 I made a couple of bows, a couple of felt flowers and one with just a big daisy since I don't think I will use those daisies on anything else. LOL!







You can see the rag quilt I made her here. I have had the fabric for a few years now and thought it better get used for her.  I love how it turned out.



With the last baby ensemble I shared, I showed a little picture of a baby's first year tag book I made but the picture was awful, so I made a new one and you can see it a little better here. I will also be sharing the details of this on my other blog as well.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Pillowcase Dress

 Welcome to day #8 of my "14 days of Valentines" series! I have been having a lot of fun working on all of these lovey projects!  I bought the fabric for this dress back in December and it has been sitting and waiting for me to give it some attention. Well...my husband took himself, Emma and 3 of the 4 boys for haircuts last night. Emma didn't get a cut, just there for backup! Believe me, with my crazy boys, it is NEEDED!  After they left I sat down and got to work on this pillowcase dress, I wanted Emma to be able to wear it to church today and she did. Pardon the slightly blurry pictures, I had to snap quickly so we could be on time for 9:00 church!  My husband wasn't amused that I was taking blog pictures before church!






 All of the fabric is by Riley Blake, but they are all patterns from My Mind's Eye. I always get a thrill when my two loves come together. Now I need to get the paper so I can craft something up to match! LOL!  I was thrilled when I was pregnant with Emma and all of the fabric I used on her crib bedding and quilts was made into a paper line! I had so much fun crafting and sewing coordinating things!





 You can see the straps a little bit better here. You can also see Emma's heart hair that I have to do every Valentine's Day as well. She has been sporting heart hair all year, though, since she got a super cute heart outfit for back to school, so whenever she wears it I try and do something "heartish".







 I love how quickly a pillowcase dress works up. I was done before they got done with the haircuts!  I was so pleased with myself.  If you haven't made one before, they are so easy. You simply made a pillowcase but leave both ends open. Make a casing for the elastic, sew it in place and add the straps! So, {sew}, easy!





Blurry picture, but you can see the hem detail a little bit better here. I think this is probably the last time I will be making Emma a pillowcase dress and her days of heart hair are dwindling. Can I tell you how much my heart is breaking coming to this realization? She is growing up too fast and she is my only girl! Where did the time go? I wish I could go back in time and snuggle my curly haired, blue eyed baby some more...hold her longer, play more barbies and dollies.  The days are long but the years are short...said some wise person somewhere. It is one of my favorite quotes because it is soooo true!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Be My Valentine fabric banner

Welcome! I am doing a "14 days of Valentines" series on my two blogs this month. I will be posting things randomly on both blogs. Today is project #2! If you would like to see yesterday's project, you can see it here  Remember that Valentine's Day fabric I referred to in my last post. I mentioned I wanted to make a table runner last year and didn't get around to it. Well...hopefully I have enough left over for the table runner because I quickly whipped this up on Friday. We were having dinner guests and I felt my front door needed something more, so I got to work making this.  The funny part is that it looked better here than on my front door.




 I love making fabric banners almost as much as my paper ones.  I think when I have more time I will add a few more bells and whistles, but for my super quick project, I think it turned out cute.
 The first thing you will need to do is figure out how long and how big you would like your banner. I knew that I would be using it for the front door, so I estimated how many triangles I would need. I wanted it to stretch across but have some swag as well.  I cut rectangles 5 by 7 1/2 inches. Turn them right sides together for the next step (I didn't but it probably is better to do it). Place the rectangles on your cutting mat and find the center using the markings on the mat and cut your triangles. Sew them up, turn them out, and press them. I used double fold bias tape to adhere everything together on this banner. This is thin...I didn't have anything thicker, but I would recommend at least 1/2 inch-1 inch. You can pin everything in place ahead of time if that is how you like to do things, but I found it to be much easier to just open the bias tape as I went and add each triangle.  I put my needle in the down position and as I got close the the end of each triangle, I lifted the presser foot, opened the bias tape and added the next triangle. It worked well and I wasn't getting stuck with pins! I used a zig zag stitch to make sure it was secure.



Here is another fun fabric tip for all of you non sewers. I have this frame on my mantel and I switch out the fabric. I found the frame at Goodwill and had a painting on canvas inside. I knew I was only buying it for the frame, but the canvas worked well as a base to wrap the fabric around. You can switch out the fabric for the season.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Uniquely Handmade baby ensemble

 It's always a good day when I get to work on a baby project. I was invited to a baby shower for one of the gals in my previous neighborhood and it couldn't have come at a better time. The holidays were ending but my desires to be crafty and creative were still in full force. It was seriously the best after Christmas therapy I could have asked for. My older kiddos were home from school so I could just work on things each day and not have to worry about what the little ones were up to.  There is something so relaxing and rejuvenating about the creative process.

 I ALWAYS make rag quilts so I decided to switch things up and work on a traditional quilt instead. I fell in love with all of these gorgeous fabrics from Hobby Lobby. The quilt turned out so cute, I almost kept it for myself! Shhhhhh....don't tell anyone!

 The fabric that I used for the backing is my most favorite...it is so bright and cheery! The quilting was all done on my sewing machine and I just went with a stipple pattern. I always love how it looks when it it all done.  I'm still a beginner, but I hope to improve with each project that I work on. I have some fabric for a table runner that I was SUPPOSED to make last Valentine's Day, but I didn't get around to it. Hopefully I can get that done and practice some more.




 Here is a little trio of headbands that I created to match the quilt.  I also found this adorable stamp at Hobby Lobby when I was picking up the fabric and I knew how cute it would be to make all of the items have a "boutique" feel to them. I do apologize for the photos, I waited until the morning of the baby shower to finally photograph everything and the lighting was dismal, to say the least. The fist headband was made using felt and diecuts, the second one was made using ribbon and a button for the center, and the last one was the easiest of them all; a premade embellishment from Hobby Lobby as well. I love that store, can you tell?
 Shoes....of course there are shoes. I thought how fun it would be to make a little pair of shoes for her baby's blessing day. White, pristine,precious.....ummmmmm.....NO! I will never make white shoes again. I poked my finger with a pin and almost bled all over the white fabric, I burnt the bottom while I was pressing them, etc. etc. What a pain....never again! They did, in the end, turn out salvageable, but they gave me fits! LOL!  I thought it would be cute to clip them together using a clothes pin and one of the "uniquely handmade" images on them for cohesiveness.


 Another example of my "cute as a button" bibs. Easy-peasy and perfect for using up left over scraps.  I did learn something to note, however. I did the embroidery using my walking foot since it was already on my machine from attaching the binding to the quilt. It did not stitch the pattern correctly, but I only noticed this once I had done an entire row. I decided to leave it for the entire bit, except for the tie. I have a Bernina sewing machine for those that may have one and want to use it for embroidery. You definitely need to have the right presser foot on for the right stitches! LOL!
And lastly, you can see a little paper project I worked on to include with the gift. The recipient is not into handmade cards and tags, but it would just KILL me to not have a tag on the gift, so I decided to give her something she could use and satisfy my vanity at the same time. I quickly made her a "Baby's First Year" booklet. I put it on a ring and she can flip through. Each page has a place to write milestones for each month as well as cute things her baby might do. I also included at the beginning a place for statistics and then in the back I made a page for all of her "firsts". It turned out cute and she loved it!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Pillowcase Dress

 I am the type of mom that likes to get as much mileage out of my kids clothes as I possibly can. I buy them to last and I try and take care of them, too. With that being said, my darling Emma has been wearing the same patriotic clothes for a few years now. I think if I see the same outfits in my holiday pictures I might go crazy. She asked me if I would make her a new pillowcase dress for the 4th of July. We are lucky here in Utah that we also celebrate the 24th of July, which is a state holiday, in a patriotic way as well. July is just red, white and blue all month long.



 I found my fabric choices at Hancock Fabric, which I haven't been to in years. I usually like to go to the quilts shops for my fabric, but it was in the direction I was headed so that is where I went. LOL! They had a section of fabric at the front that was all patriotic, but was a little over the top for the dress. I did find the stars there and thankfully they were half off. The other 2 fabrics I found over in the calico section. The fabric for the base of the dress coincidentally was named "Firecracker".




 The bottom is simply two different fabrics folded in half and then sewn to the bottom. I love how easily these dresses work up.





 You can see the straps a little better in this photo as well as the gathered front piece.  The straps are made by making simple bias tape or not necessarily on the bias, but folded the same way.






You can see my daughter's cute nails here, which she is so proud of! I'm just going to humor her a little! If you are short on time, this is the project for you! I really like this because you could make it shorter and just have it be a little top with jean shorts or leggings, too! Super fast, but super cute! We are headed to the fireworks tonight so she is all ready to go!